The Iraqi Rotary
Yuval Levin hit the nail on the head with “The Hollow Republic” (August 13). I was reminded of a speech I heard in 2004 by an administrator in Paul Bremer’s Coalition Provisional Authority after the Iraq invasion. He said that one of the biggest problems to overcome was the absence of a tradition among the Iraqi people of doing things for themselves, at the local level.
The Iraqis had no Rotary clubs, no PTAs, no Little League baseball in which people selected leaders for themselves and solved problems peaceably through voting or consensus. All they knew was the family